The effort to better understand the public’s perception and behavior regarding tick bites and tickborne disease is stepping up, according to Health District Director Donna Culbert.
“Newtown, through a proposal/bid process, has contracted with MORE Advertising, and is launching a short survey which will capture the public’s current knowledge and perception of risk about tickborne diseases,” she said in a release.
Visibly moved, Howard Lasher choked back tears Thursday morning, September 11, as he read the names of friends and colleagues killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001. It was halfway through the ceremony hosted by Mr Lasher, a retired Wall Street executive and trader, and his wife, Jeanette Hubner, at their Route 302 property in Newtown, to honor the memories of all lost that day.
While conducting surveillance of town liquor stores, local officers observed Jake Thomas Behan, 19, arriving at the Rooster Wine & Liquor store at 113 South Main Street operating a vehicle without a front marker plate. They then observed Behan exiting the store with a 12-pack of beer and stopped him to investigate.
The Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers based in Sandy Hook will be hosting its first “Ski Newtown,” a water sports event for Newtown children ages 7–18 on Sunday, September 21, at Eichler’s Cove Marina on Lake Zoar from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. This free event is designed to teach beginners how to waterski or wakeboard and help intermediate skiers/boarders advance to the next level.
A new state blueprint for children’s mental health services recommends standardized screening and enhanced school services, better training for all caregivers and the “pooling” of hundreds of millions in public funds to more effectively finance vital programs.
Town police are being urged to redouble their traffic enforcement efforts, especially along Main Street, to curb vehicular problems occurring along that thoroughfare.
Resident Karen Banks of West Street, which links Main Street to Sugar Street, told Police Commission members on September 2 she supports a Main Street resident’s recent comments about the need for heightened traffic enforcement on Main Street.
Police Chief Michael Kehoe has updated Police Commission members about police department staffing matters, including plans to hire two new officers, plus plans for promotions involving the naming of one lieutenant and two sergeants.
Chief Kehoe told commission members on September 2 that the department remains two people short of its full roster of 45 sworn officers.
The small, occasionally boisterous but often hushed group of women gathered around a set of tables one recent afternoon at a Newtown restaurant could have been mistaken for any group of friends or co-workers meeting up for some late day chat and a beverage.